National Teddy Bear Day!


Spend the day with your teddy bear on #NationalTeddyBearDay. Source: Pixabay
9 September is National Teddy Bear Day and is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend by taking him out of the cupboard and making him the centre of attention.

Although the teddy bear is one of the most popular toys for children, it definitely holds a special place in many adult’s hearts too, and some of us still have our special cuddly teddy from our childhood.

During a hunting trip in 1902, the American President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear cub while hunting. According to a newspaper article, after an unsuccessful bear hunt, the President’s guide wanted to please him and tied a wounded bear cub to a tree for him to shoot. Roosevelt – saying this would not be sportsmanlike – declined. The newspaper article included a cartoon of the president cuddling a small bear.

The teddy bear was created shortly after this incident by the toymaker Morris Michtom, who wrote to the president asking permission to name his new toy the Teddy Bear.

Although teddy bears have only been around for the last 100 years, or so, many of them have become famous, including Paddington Bear, Rupert the Bear, Pudsey Bear and of course – not to be forgotten – the lovable Winnie the Pooh.

Today is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Teddy’s favourite activity by arranging a get-together with friends or family and having a teddy bear’s picnic (as immortalised in the 1907 classic song The Teddy Bear’s Picnic).

Remember your teddy bear and use #NationalTeddyBearDay to post on social media.